Tag Archives: Translation

What happens when you combine machine translation with human translation?

EducationIf your company operates in multiple countries and currently translates your web sites and/or apps into multiple languages, let me ask you a question: What if you could combine the speed of machine translation with the accuracy of human translation?

If that sounds intriguing, here’s a video you’ll want to watch. It outlines the growing need for translation, and explains a unique translation method that nearly automates web application translation. I hope you find it informative.

Automatic translation now included in m-Power

Save TimeRemember when I told you that we were giving m-Power Translate away to all current m-Power customers? I wasn’t joking: As of the January 16th update, m-Power Translate is a part of m-Power! If you haven’t already, just download that update from your customer portal, and you’ll be able to use m-Power Translate.

What is it?

If you do business in multiple countries (or would like to), it will be a real time-saver. As the name implies, m-Power Translate automatically translates your applications into as many languages as you wish every time you build a web application. But, that’s not all. For a full description of m-Power Translate and how it will help you, check out this video. Continue reading

Weekly recap: 5 future technologies I can’t wait for, IT consumerization, and more…

EducationIn this week’s tech recap, you’ll learn some interesting statistics about mobile devices in the workplace, Java’s current adoption rate, and the percentage of English speaking online shoppers. Finally, you’ll also get a glimpse of where technology is headed. Sound good? Here are 4 of the most interesting tech stories from the past week. I hope you find them useful:

IT isn’t afraid of consumerization at all (infoworld.com)
My thoughts: Consumer devices in the workplace can actually be a huge benefit if handled correctly. Just build secure mobile web apps, put them behind a log in form, and let employees use whatever device they want. This lets you control the data and the access management, and doesn’t expose your company to a data breach in the event of a lost/stolen device. Continue reading

Happy Holidays! Here’s a gift.

AnnouncementIt’s the holidays, and we’re in a giving mood. We’ve already given an iPad2 to the winner of our 2011 mrc Giveaway, and we’re not done yet. Today, I’d like to give you a gift that could help your company for years to come.

Before I do, let me first say this: We are truly grateful for all of our loyal customers. I think we have some of the best customers in the world, and I speak for everyone here at mrc when I say that we really do enjoy working with each and every one of you.

To show our appreciation this holiday season, I have a special gift for you. As you may know, we recently developed m-Power Translate, a separate translation plugin for use with our development software, m-Power. Today, I’m happy to announce that we’re giving m-Power Translate away as a gift to all current m-Power customers! Look for it in the next enhancement release, probably in the middle of January. In case you’re unfamiliar with m-Power Translate, I’ve written up a short description below. Continue reading

Warning: These false assumptions can hurt your business

EducationIs the web truly making us more global, or are we no better off than we were 20 years ago? I recently saw a great TED Talk which touched on this topic. The speaker mentions that we interact online with people who we have chosen to interact with, which tend to be people with similar interests or those who are similar to people we already know.

As a result, we get a distorted view of the web. We don’t realize how many thriving web communities exist in other countries, or the sheer number of non-English speaking web users. For instance, I recently read that the majority of adults in the U.S. believe that English is the most widely spoken language. In reality, English is the third most spoken language in the world: Continue reading

Insulate your business from a struggling economy

Save MoneyThe economy is making a lot of news these days, but for all the wrong reasons. Some economists predict a double-dip recession, and many businesses fear the worst.

However, not every economy is struggling. Some countries currently have thriving economies. I know what you’re thinking: “Too bad we’re not doing business over there.” Here’s a question for you: Why not? The web opens up businesses to a global audience. Many companies could do business in other countries via the web, but don’t.

Why not? Continue reading

Automated web app translation: an idea whose time has come

Save TimeHere’s a time-saving idea: What if we took the data-dictionary concept and applied it to web app translation? Now, before I explain how that would save time, let me quickly explain the data dictionary concept, as I’m sure many are probably not familiar with it.

A data dictionary contains rules, relationships, and other important information about data in your database. It lets you define application and data rules in one place, so you don’t have to define those rules in every application you build. This ensures that all applications share a consistent set of rules, and also speeds up development and maintenance. Continue reading

Why translate…doesn’t everyone speak English?

ProductivityI was talking to a business owner the other day, and the subject of web app translation came up. His feeling on translation: “It’s not necessary. Don’t most people speak English anyway?” I don’t think he’s alone in this assumption. I know of many businesses that could easily reach a global audience, but don’t bother with translation.

Let me ask you a question: If you had to guess, which language has the most native speakers? You might be surprised to hear that English is third on the list, behind Mandarin and Spanish. Continue reading